Royal Agricultural Winter Fair heats up for three local chefs

Road to The Royal Chef Competition headed to Niagara Food Festival on September 12

TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2015 /CNW/ - On Saturday, September 12, three chefs from Niagara will have their culinary talent put to the test in a re-match at the Niagara Food Festival this weekend as part of the Egg Farmers of Ontario Road To The Royal Chef Challenge.

All three chefs competed in the 2013 Road to the Royal Chef Challenge at the Welland Fair and are back to challenge for a spot in the Road to the Royal Championship in November.

Hosted by award-winning chef Ted Reader, the competition challenges chefs to use all fresh ingredients to create delicious dishes live on stage.

"The Road to the Royal Chef Competitions is headed to wine country," says Reader. "Niagara is known for its great wine and tasty food so it will be exciting to see what kinds of culinary creations these chefs come up with."

Here's the lineup for The Royal Chef Challenge, which begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Niagara Food Festival:

  • Justin Downes, Chef at Vineland Estates Winery and 2013 Road to The Royal Champion
  • Darren Stoute, Chef at Stoute Catering
  • Matt Hemmingsen, Chef at Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery

Each regional competition will follow the same format. Chefs will compete in two 30-minute rounds – one round for an entrée and one for dessert. Each dish will include "secret ingredients" selected from locally grown or produced food products and provided to the chefs at the start of the event.

In 2015, The Egg Farmers of Ontario Road to The Royal Chef Challenge will also stop at:

  • Markham FairSunday, October 4

The winners of each regional competition will advance to semi-final rounds to be held on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7 at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. The top two regional finishers and a top Toronto chef will vie for the title of Royal Chef Challenge Champion during a final round at The Royal on Saturday, November 14.

Two regional competition have already been held at the Barrie Fair on Saturday, August 29 and the Paris Fair on Sunday, September 6.

The Road to The Royal Chef Challenge is partially funded by the Province of Ontario.

About The Royal:

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world's largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show.  This year, The 93rd Royal Agricultural Winter Fair runs November 6-15, 2015, at Exhibition Place in Toronto. For competition schedules, live webcasting, results and to purchase tickets, please visit

SOURCE Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Image with caption: "Chef Justin Downes at the 2013 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair with CTV’s eTalk Host Ben Mulroney and Chef Bob Blumer who co-hosted the event that year. (CNW Group/Royal Agricultural Winter Fair)". Image available at:

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